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Hurricanes' Pitkanen hopes to resume career

Thursday, 03.13.2014 / 4:32 PM / News

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Hurricanes' Pitkanen hopes to resume career
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen, out for the season with a broken heel bone, hopes to return to play eventually, although he doesn't know when.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen, out for the season with a broken heel bone, hopes to return to play eventually, although he doesn't know when.

Joni Pitkanen
Defense - CAR
Goals: - | Assists: - | Pts: -
Shots: - | +/-: -
"I've been working with Raleigh Orthopedic throughout this season with the hope of returning to play hockey," Pitkanen said in a statement released Thursday. "There is no timetable as of now, but I've been making progress with my rehab and it remains my goal to resume my professional hockey career. It's been frustrating to be away from the ice, but I want to thank all of the people who have expressed support throughout the season."

Pitkanen sustained the injury on April 2, 2013.

Selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round (No. 4) of the 2002 NHL Draft, Pitkanen has 57 goals and 225 assists in 535 NHL games with the Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and Hurricanes. Since the franchise relocated from Hartford in 1997, Pitkanen is third among defensemen in assists (116) and points (140), tied for fourth in goals (24), and eighth in games played (266).

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